Fatai Adegboyega Sanusi

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Heavy Periods

Every woman is unique and so are her periods. For some women, heavy periods are a simple fact of life. One in five women suffers from heavy periods, also know as menorrhagia.

Pointers towards heavy periods are:

  • Periods lasting more than 7 days
  • Associated passing of large blood clots
  • Having to wear double protection ie tampons and pads together
  • Having to change sanitary wear more frequently
  • A change in lifestyle including tiredness and fatigue due to anaemia

Common causes include:
  • Dysfunctional bleeding
  • Fibroids inside the womb
  • Polyps inside the womb
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Infection
  • Disease (including cancer)

After initial investigations to find out the cause of the heavy bleeding Mr Sanusi is able to offer many different methods of treatment which include medical and surgical treatments:

  • Medical treatment eg tablets
  • Surgical treatment which include:
    • Insertion of a Mirena coil into the womb
    • Endometrial ablation (treatment to the lining of the womb including Novasure ablation)
    • Hysterectomy (either vaginal hysterectomy or abdominal hysterectomy)

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us or to book a private appointment click here.

This photo, taken by Mr Sanusi during keyhole surgery, shows a uterus with a subserous fibroid at the top causing pain. The patient also had an intramural fibroid causing heavy periods